Here are my top recommended web hosting companies:
CoolHandle Hosting (formerly ProNet)
This is still my top recommendation for reliable all round hosting. Fast, efficient service, fully loaded control panel, blisteringly fast server response, and very low prices, definitely a 5 star award.
The best package is the $4.95 a month deal which gives you almost unlimited everything plus the option of adding up to five domains to the same hosting package, ideal if you have more than one website…
For the power user the $10.95 a month option gives you the capability of up to 100 domains hosted on the one plan… awesome!
Hostgator is a company that has provided the very best quality with excellent reliability and service for many years.
The feature list is long and contains everything that most people will ever need in a hosting package.
Personally I have around eighty sites hosted with Hostgator and the service received over the past five years has been absolutely top class. Very knowledgeable support staff, though I have only used them half a dozen times in five years, great prices, and superb reliability.
I recently subscribed to one of 1&1′s hosting plans as their deal just seemed too good to be true, and it needed checking out carefully.
After almost a year with them I have to say that I am a convert to their system.
Firstly I thought that not having seperate cPanel admin areas for each domain would be a bind, but the exact opposite is what I am finding. Every domain, email account and database available from one admin area is proving to be so easy to use that I am wishing that I had found them earlier.
Also the sites that I have hosted with them are blisteringly fast, puts my other hosts to shame in some respects.
Check them out for yourself, I think you may be impressed!
My very personal recommendation for using any of the hosting companies listed here is for you to register your domain name separately from the hosting provider, and simply update the nameserver information to point to your new hosting (very simply done).
This allows you to EASILY change hosts if you ever find the service doesn’t meet your requirements, and also makes it easier if you ever sell the domain as you will have full control over the administration of your domain.
If you aren’t bothered about the same company registering your domain name AND hosting your website then simply order a domain when you order the hosting.
You can check if your domain name is available here:
OK I know this isn’t hosting but there are so many virus threats around at the moment that this is a priority, check that you are safe now, if not grab one of these deals before you get caught…